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Candyce - 2009-03-12
Can anyone tell me why my spiney soft shell is not eating much at all. She use to eat earthworms as soon as I put them in her tank. She now has guppies swimming around her head with no interest. She hides in her sand and will keep her head out and swim around. Even though she is shy, she is less shy and will be less isolative, but not eating much at all. I have had her for about 3 months. She is approx 4-5 inches long. Cute as a button but I want to make sure she is healthy. Will not go out of the water even with her ramp and rocks I have set up for her. Temp of water 78. Any suggestions. Thanks. She does hold her head out of water often enjoying her heat lamp. She also has the special light that is like the sun or something, cant remember, but it's the right one.

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Genz - 2010-07-07
Last month we bought a matured Female soft shelled turtle about 5inch long 3inch wide, for only P270.00 "cheap" yesterday it laid 5 eggs on the pond full of water.. I already put the eggs on a dry rags.. since last month the turtle didn't eat anything, and doesn't want to eat anything.. the back is almost visible.. she's so aggressive.. . what should we do?..

problems. Food, eggs..

please help!.. :D

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  • Karissa - 2010-08-09
    Where did you buy your turtle?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-19
    Take her to the vets. She should be eating a bit more after laying eggs.
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das - 2008-04-23
I have a PigNose Turtle and I love it so much. It is a very gentle turtle you can even touch its lips since it is a harmless turtle. I even let him walk in my room for 5-10 minutes because it loves to move out of its aquarium. There are some petshops who sells Flywater turtles here in the Philippines, so it not so hard to find one. I've heard that some of the Pignose Turtles can be found in the Hong Kong river.

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  • Gon29point55 - 2010-06-17
    Petshops that sell Flywater Turtles here in the Philippines?! WHERE?! Please tell me! I'd like to adopt one of these as my own.
  • Kayvon - 2012-04-13
    For anyone reading the above comment: Fly River turtles are totally aquatic, they even hatch only when the eggs become submerged. They only come out of the water when females nest, there is no other time. NEVER have them walk around the room.
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**** you - 2009-04-07
You can not own endangered animals as pets!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-02
    If they are captive born and bred you can.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-09
    Yes you can. You can also have a permit. How do you think people have pet tigers and lions?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-09
    Yes, you can own endangered animals as pets and you cn breed them. The requirements are different in differnt states but the requirements for each state are with the fish and game department for that state. Example - monkeys In Florida you need 1000 hours working with monkeys and a license through the department of Fish and game. You have to be inspected and meet certain criteria regarding housing, food, maintenance etc. Same thing with alligators. Whales, bears, tigers, lions - same thing. Some times some animals are easier than others but inall cases - most require a license/inspection/testing.
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Meaghan - 2012-04-02
I have a female painted turtle, and I am almost 100% sure she's an eastern. I've been thinking I'd like to get her a mate, but does anybody know a trustworthy breeder near Canandaigua, NY? Petco only stocks red-eared sliders. I got my turtle originally from a grandma from a fleamarket in florida. Inbreeding shouldn't be an issue.

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Erika Wolf - 2012-03-27
How many years do these turtles live up to and how big do they get?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    They get to be between 8 to 11 inches - 11 inches being large. Theire life expectancy is really a broad range going from 20 - 70 years. A lot depends on enviornment and food.
    Mom and pops genetics have to figure in there too.
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Geri Willingham - 2012-03-26
We've had our female slider for 8 yrs and have rebuilt the outside pond twice as she's grown; she's over 10 inches now. She's laid eggs at least 4 times that we know about; only 3 hatchlings have survived, one male now 1-1/2 yrs old and two brand new ones - who were adorable with great bold personalities. Yesterday, by chance my husband saw Matilda eating one of the babies! He grabbed her but she had already bitten off the front legs and it was dying. I cannot describe how devastating this has been.
We managed to get the other baby out and have it in a separate container for now. Is there an explanation for this behavior? Maybe she
needs more space or we should release her somewhere where there are
other sliders in a lake. First, is the surviving baby ok alone for now?
The older male is still with her but nearly 6-7 inches now; I neglected to say that his mother took a small bite from his shell at an early age; he survived this and seems quite healthy. Thanks so much for any advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    Red-eared Sliders eat meat and they are also creatures of prey. They do not have anything to do with the rearing of their young and would see them primarily as food. It is just nature and normally the young would get pretty far away from the big guys. You would have to remove the young from the parents in order to protect them. Sorry - but nature.
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Morgan - 2012-03-24
i have 2 RES, both females i believe. i got the second one not too long ago because her previous owner was not taking care of her properly. she 's eating well, but she hisses and tries to snap at everything. could it be possible that she has " trust issues "? i would really love for her to feel safe and protected but im not too sure how. please help * : /

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-24
    Handle her daily. Make sure it knows you are the one feeding. Spend a lot of time around the tank so it gets use to movements. It will relax, just needs to know you arent a predator.
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Elizabeth Gonzalez - 2012-03-23
I have one painted turtle and three red ear sliders in a 60 gallon tank I want to know how or what i can do for the turtles to have baby turtles.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-24
    How is your tank set up now? Have you sexed your turtles yet?
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kamryn - 2012-03-18
I found a soft shell turtle today and I don't really know what size tank to get him. Some one help me

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-19
    how big is the turtle?
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